Candidates Seek Tsuji’s Seat

Moana Kelii, Stacy Higa and Christopher Todd have been selected by fellow Democrats for Gov. Ige’s consideration.

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Hawaii County Democrats met over the weekend to pick candidates to fill the late Clift Tsuji’s seat in the state House of Representatives.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that three candidates — Moana Kelii, Stacy Higa and Christopher Todd — were chosen at Keaukaha Elementary School.

The three names now go to Gov. David Ige, who will appoint one of the three to fill the District 2 seat.

The late Rep. Clift Tsuji.

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The district represents Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa and Waiakea.

The appointee will serve a full two-year term in the 51-member House, which is dominated by Democrats.

Higa served on the County Council for two terms, Todd is a distribution manager at Hawaii Paper Products, and Kelii recently ran unsuccessfully for a Hawaii County Council seat.

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